Tariana Navas-Nieves

Director, Cultural Affairs
Denver Arts & Venues, City & County of Denver
Denver, Colorado
As Director of Cultural Affairs for the City & County of Denver, Navas-Nieves oversees the city’s Public Art, Special Events, Create Denver, SCFD Tier III tax district funding, and the Arts Education Fund. She is also the Director for the McNichols Building arts center. The Public Art Department comprises the 1% for Public Art and the Urban Arts Fund, a graffiti prevention and youth development initiative. The Events Department is responsible for citywide programs including the Five Points Jazz Festival. Through Create Denver, she works to develop Denver’s art districts and creative businesses. Navas-Nieves is responsible for a series of funding programs including SCFD Tier III grants, working with City Council and the Denver County Cultural Council. She also oversees Arts Education initiatives such as the Cultural Field Trip Fund. She works to implement IMAGINE 2020, Denver’s Cultural Plan, and leads the Diversity, Inclusiveness and Equity initiative for the agency.